Ustka, Poland (June 11, 2004) - The Polish Lublin-class minelayeramphibious ORP Poznan, opens its ramp in preparation to receive U.S. Marine Reservists on a Zodiac combat raiding raft. BALTOPS is an individual combined maritime and land exercise in the Baltic Sea, conducted "in the spirit of" Partnership For Peace (PFP). The operation runs from 07-19 June 2004 and includes NATO and non-NATO participants. The mission of BALTOPS 2004 is to promote mutual understanding, confidence, cooperation, and interoperability among forces and personnel of participating nations and support national unit/staff training objectives through a series of robust training exercises.
[b]U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class George Sisting[/b]